ARTIS welcomes Peter Panyoczki, who joined the Gallery in December 2017.
Panyoczki is a highly regarded mixed media artist, working in a hybrid of forms and mediums including painting, sculpture, installation, photography and digital technology.
Born 1953 in Budapest Hungary, Peter Panyoczki escaped with his parents to Switzerland in 1957 following the Hungarian Revolution of ‘56. Panyoczki lived and studied in Switzerland for the next two decades, graduating with a Master of Arts from the University of Zurich in 1980. He was involved in numerous projects during the 1980s, notably film production and artist residencies in the USA and Europe.
In 1992 Panyoczki made his first visit to New Zealand and subsequently decided to immigrate and become a New Zealand resident in 1995. He now has dual New Zealand-Swiss citizenship and lives in Kaiwaka, north of Auckland. Peter has an extensive exhibition history with representation in solo and group exhibitions throughout Europe, Asia, USA and New Zealand.
Panyockzi belongs to the 1980s generation of artists who polemically rejected conceptual art, yet did not simply return to figurative art, instead having a conceptual interest in the question of art as a medium. His work expresses the paradox of communication that refuses to reveal itself by providing information of what it is made of. A common feature in Peter’s works is the presence of texture, be it actual surface texture or the representation thereof in photographic media. The textured surfaces are evocative, forming notions of one’s past and inner self, or that which has been buried and forgotten.
Today Panyoczki lives on two continents, he is permanently on the move, which is also reflected in his work. In July this year Peter will complete a three month residency in Moscow. His first solo exhibition at ARTIS will be in 2019.